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State police from across New England join forces

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As millions of travelers prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, state police from across New England are joining together in an effort to keep drivers safe.

"We want this holiday to be safe and a joyous time for families, not a time for dealing with tragedies," said MA state police superintendent Timothy Alben.

Police from each of the six New England states will address the problem together using a program called CARE, which stands for combined accident reduction effort.

"The problems of impaired driving, speeding, distracted and aggressive drivers is a cross jurisdictional problem," said Alben. "Our problem drivers do not automatically turn around at our state line. And, problem drivers from any of these New England states easily could cross over in to MA. Likewise a coordinated effort as the acronym CARE suggests is the most effective way to combat dangerous drivers."

Last year over the Thanksgiving holiday there were eight fatal crashes in the Baystate. And this year with AAA predicting that 43.6 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more by car police warn drivers not to take any chances.

"There's not room for any kind of aggressive driving out there," said Alben. "To be safe, you have to be courteous and respectful of those people that are around you."

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